Keiley Rowland, a senior at Coosa High, was named the STAR student for Floyd County at the annual Rome Exchange Club STAR program held today. Rowland and her STAR teacher Adam Daniel were recognized along with all area high school STAR students and teachers by Al Hodge, president of the Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce.
Rowland is a highly decorated academic student at Coosa. She is on the Coosa Academic Decathlon team and was the individual high scoring student in the 2017 Floyd County Schools competition. She is on the math team, vice president of the Beta Club, and a member of the National Honors Society. Rowland was a Governor’s Honors nominee in communicative arts, math, and social studies. She was a National Merit Scholar Commended student, a U.S. Presidential Scholar county finalist and an AP Scholar with Honor. Rowland will graduate in May as Valedictorian of Coosa High School.
As the selection of Rowland’s STAR teacher would indicate, she is very active in the Coosa Band as color guard captain. She was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All- American color guard during halftime of the Army All-American All-Star football game in January. Rowland also is captain of the Coosa High Winter Guard, first flute in the Coosa concert band and a jazz band pianist. She was selected to the District Honor Band for flute, a Governor’s Honors semi-finalist in piano and the Rome Music Teachers Association Sonata Festival winner.
Rowland is not just active at school. She is also busy in the community as a church youth volunteer, working in the Community Kitchen, visiting area nursing homes, and pianist for Fair Haven Baptist Church. She also instructs students in the Coosa Middle Winter Guard and teaches piano lessons.
After graduation, Rowland plans to pursue a degree in music education at Jacksonville State University. She would like to become a music composer or a college music theory professor.
The STAR program has been in existence since 1958 and has recognized more than 24,000 students and teachers in Georgia. The program is sponsored locally by the Rome-Floyd Chamber of Commerce and statewide by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE).
The selection of Rowland as STAR student for Floyd County will advance her to the regional STAR competition later this month.
Other STAR students and their STAR teachers recognized at the Exchange luncheon were Jayme Barrett and her teacher Ashley Flagello from Armuchee High, Katrina Creel and her teacher Lacey Pinson from Model High and Abbey Hensley and her teacher Linda Casey from Pepperell High.